College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Jill Hargis
Political Theory and Public Law
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Harvard University
Office Hours: M 10:30-11:30am,
Tu 1:30-3:00pm, W 2:00-2:50pm
Th 1:15-2:30pm
Dr. Jill E. Hargis has studied the concept of the masses in relationship to democratic theory and practice in 20th century continental political thought, particularly in the work of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Michel Foucault. More recently she is focusing her work on American political thought, including Thomas Jefferson, as well as contemporary environmental political theory.
Neil Chaturvedi
American Politics
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of California, Riverside
Office Hours: TuTh 9:00-10:00am
Dr. Neil Chaturvedi is a professor of political science with a focus on American politics. His research and teaching interests include Congress, the Presidency, elections and voting behavior, and race and ethnicity. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Religion and Politics, Politics Groups and Identities, and The Journal of Asian American Studies. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript focusing on the power dynamics in the United States Senate, arguing that despite conventional wisdom and political science logic, centrists in the Senate are more vulnerable than powerful.
Brady Collins
Public Administration
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Office Hours: MW 4:00-6:00pm
Dr. Brady Collins received his Ph.D in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Having spent several years as a policy advocate in the housing and labor movement in Los Angeles, much of his teaching and research is focused on Los Angeles, though he has also studied neighborhoods in Barcelona, Tokyo, and Shanghai. His areas of expertise are in community and economic development, civic engagement, ethnic enclaves, urban governance, and social capital. More generally, Brady’s research lies at the intersection of the spatial, sociocultural, and political aspects of urbanism, and seeks to forge new relationships between the built environment and local politics. He teaches courses on public administration, public policy, qualitative methods, and urban governance in Los Angeles.
Sandra Emerson
Public Administration & Methodology
Ph.D. & M.P.A., USC
B.A. & M.A., Temple University
Office Hours: Please email
Dr. Sandra M. Emerson is director of Masters in Public Administration program for the political science department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In addition to having taught courses in public policy and public administration at CPP, the University of La Verne, and the University of Southern California, she has worked in this arena in both private and public sectors. She has been a program administrator for Medicare Part B, a consultant with Southern California Edison, and a budget and program analyst with the City of Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Charles Gossett, Interim MPA Director

Charles Gossett
Public Administration
Ph.D. & M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Hope College
Office Hours: Th 2:00-4:00pm
F 12:30-2:00pm
Dr. Charles Gossett is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a tenured faculty member at Sacramento State where he holds the rank of full Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Public Policy & Administration. From 2002 until 2009 he served as chair of the Political Science Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Gossett teaches courses on American politics, African politics, and public administration. His research includes work gay politics at the state and local levels, public service motivation, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on politics and public administration in Africa.
Mario Guerrero
American Politics & Methodology
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Office Hours: TuTh 10:30am-12:30pm
Dr. Mario Guerrero teaches courses on American politics including the presidency, Congress, and elections. His research includes work on campaign finance, emerging communication technologies, and other facets of political behavior. In 2018, he is the chair of the Undergraduate Faculty Advisory Committee, faculty fellow for the Office of the Undergraduate Research, and a member of the Western Political Science Association's (WPSA) Executive Council. Dr. Guerrero was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. He has served as the past president for the American Political Science Association's Latino Caucus, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and RAND Faculty Leader.
Lisa Nelson
Public Administration
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.A., Brown University
Office Hours: Please email
Dr. Lisa Nelson teaches in the undergraduate and MPA program, and for the Center for Regenerative Studies. She teaches courses in American and California government, public administration and public policy, and environmental sustainability for local government.
Robert Nyenhuis
Comparative Politics
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
B.A., University of Missouri
Office Hours: MW 1:15-2:25pm
And by appointment
Dr. Robert Nyenhuis is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Nyenhuis teaches courses on Comparative Politics and International Relations including Latin American Politics and US Foreign Policy. His research is forthcoming in the Bolivian Research Review and a volume on Electoral Courts in Latin America. He is currently working on a book manuscript on why Latin American voters vote for populist presidential candidates.
Renford Reese
Public Administration
Ph.D., USC
B.A. & M.P.P., Vanderbilt University
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00pm, W 3:00-4:30pm
Dr. Renford Reese's current teaching focus is on "NGOs and Social Service Outreach" and "Crime Politics". He is the faculty coordinator of two Study Abroad programs at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a regular guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News. He is the author of nine books including: The Failed Experiment (2016), The Prison-to-School Pipeline (2016), Prison Race (2006), and American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004). He is the founder/director of the Prison Education Project, the Reintegration Academy for Parolees, and the Colorful Flags program. He was the recipient of the 2011 George P. Hart "Faculty of the Year" Award at Cal Poly Pomona. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, a Haynes Foundation Fellow, and a Pitzer College IGLAS Fellow.
Marc Scarcelli
International Relations
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
B.A., Purdue University
Office Hours: TuTh 1:30-2:50pm
Dr. Marc Scarcelli joined the department in the fall of 2014, having previously served in faculty positions at Ohio University and Bowdoin College. He teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, offering a broad range of security topics, from war and terrorism to ethnic conflict and other non-state security threats. His research focuses on ethnic conflict and modern civil wars. He also maintains a strong personal interest in matters of extreme poverty, stemming from his background on involvement with humanitarian development work in Haiti.
David Speak
Public Law, Political Theory, MPA
Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill
B.A., UC Santa Cruz
Office Hours: TuTh 10:00-11:50am
W 1:00-2:30pm
Dr. David M. Speak is the author of Living Law: The Transformation of American Jurisprudence in the Early Twentieth Century, and co-author (with Lewis Lipsitz) of two editions of a widely-adopted Intro American Government text, American Democracy. He was an early recipient of the George Hart Award for Faculty Leadership and has served as Chair of the Academic Senate.
Jing Wang
Public Administration
Ph.D., Arizona State University
B.A. & M.A., Zhejiang University
Office Hours: Please email
Dr. Jing Wang teaches courses in public administration. Her research interests include local government management, urban policy and politics, economic development, fiscal policy and financial management.
Kim Alm
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm
(Closed for lunch)
Kim Alm serves the political science department in the capacity of the main administrator and liasion for the faculty, students, and administration. It's difficult to imagine a day in the political science department without Kim as she is the person everyone calls when something needs to get done.

Adjunct Faculty

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Artour Aslanian 94-317 x5414 Online M 6:00-7:00pm
Luis Bohon 94-308 x3880 TuTh 7:30-9:30am
Laura Brantley 94-308 x3880 TuTh 7:00-7:30pm; by appointment
David Cain 94-308 x3880 M 4:30-5:30pm
Allen Coson N/A N/A Online Tu 12:00-1:00pm
Joshua Dean 94-317 x5414 MW 2:00-3:30pm; by appointment
Archie Delshad 94-317 x5414 TuTh 12:00-12:50pm; by appointment
Tamara Letourneau 94-317 x5414 Th 5:00-6:00pm
Whitney Mannies 94-307 x3878 Tu 1:30-2:45pm
Mary Anne Mendoza 94-307 x3878 F 12:00-1:00pm
Christopher Stoughton 94-308 x3880 W 2:00-4:00pm
Pinar Tremblay 94-307 x3878 MWF 10:20-11:45am
Demetrius Trokkos 94-307 x3878 MW 11:45am-1:15pm; MWF 8:30-9:00am

Emeritus Faculty

Name Email
Korey, John L.
Peterson, Ronald
Silliman, G. Sidney
Vadi, Jose M.

Additional adjunct faculty and oversight members for the MPA program can be found at the MiPAAC page.